LGBTQI Young People on the Doorstep of Health Care: Understanding Obstacles and Increasing Access
by Lani Blechman, CLPP Program/Communications Coordinator
When I Dare to be Powerful: Zawadi Nyong'o Returning Home to Help Build a Movement
by Corinna Yazbek, CLPP Program Coordinator
What is often lost in the current debates about the sex trade - between sex worker rights advocates and sex work abolitionists - is the voices, experiences and desires of current and former sex workers. Working with Bar Hostess Empowerment and Support Program (BHESP) and the Kenya Sex Worker Alliance (KESWA), CLPP alum Zawadi Nyong’o (Hampshire 00F) helped organize Kenya’s first International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, where 1,000 sex workers marched on the streets of Nairobi for the first time.
by Akira Céspedes Pérez, 2009 CLPP Conference Coordinator
I had been in Oklahoma for the whole of one week when I mentioned for the first time I work with youth and women regarding their reproductive health. The people sitting at the square table, mainly in their 20s, 30s and 40s, quieted down their conversations, processing, perhaps, my comment. “You mean to say you help people have sex?” asked the woman in front of me, her stern yet wise blue eyes fixated on mine. It was then when I started to fear that my move to the state where the wind comes sweeping down the plain might not have been the best decision I have made.
When I found this letter in the CLPP archives, I knew I'd hit gold. And you know me--I love to share the wealth...so have at it, my lovelies...
"To: Hampshire Faculty and Staff
From: Hampshire students organizing for the National Lesbian and Gay Rights March on Washington, D.C., Oct 11, 1987
This is an anonymous letter about the upcoming march to Washington on October 11:
To: Hampshire Faculty and Staff
"As a heterosexual person, I want to tell you why this March is so important to me. When lesbians and gay men can live their lives openly and freely, we will all be able to live more openly and freely. This is more than a civil liberties issue--I'm not just talking about the importance of maintaining the right to say anything, no matter how unorthodox. I'm talking about the kind of society I want to live in.
Interested in what people were saying before, during, and after the conference? Want to learn more about a workshop that you just didn't get to attend?
We partnered with Feministing.com and Amplifyyourvoice.org to expand the conference conversations beyond the workshops and into the blogosphere. Many of you contributed too. Thanks to all the bloggers who recorded, documented, and continued the conversations at our 30th anniversary conference.
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